SIPA Students in classroom

Pathways to Careers

Public policy is just the beginning

Whatever your goal, SIPA gives you substantive knowledge and versatile skills to help you build and sustain a purposeful career in a variety of fields.

Empowering students and communities


Grayson Caldwell MPA-DP '19 came to SIPA to with a goal of making the food system more just and more sustainable. Caldwell discusses the practical skills gained at SIPA that launched a career in sustainable food systems.

Employment Statistics


employment six months after graduation*


employer information sessions hosted each year


Presidential Management Fellow finalists in 2022

*Based on a knowledge rate of 78% for graduates of the class of 2022.

students and alumni speaking on a panel

Career Advancement Center

Our Career Advancement Center offers students and alumni the resources and guidance to pursue a satisfying professional path — whether they’ve just graduated or want to chart a new course many years after.

From Competitor to Judge—CJ Dixon’s Cyber 9/12 Journey

“I chose to be an MIA specifically because I want to sell myself as a professional on foreign policy and national security. Being an MIA student allowed me to really explore and drill down to those theoretical concepts that truly inform foreign policy.”

Career Stories

Climate & Sustainable Development
Oct 18 2022
Geopolitical Stability
Oct 13 2022

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